Holiday Travel Made Easy: Your Guide To Mobile Ride Apps

Zip from one holiday celebration to the next with popular mobile ride apps, like Uber and Lyft.

No holiday season is complete without at least a few get-togethers with friends and family. If you’re intent on attending them all, however, it’s important to have a safe travel plan. Winter driving conditions can make many individuals reluctant to brave snowy and icy streets, and public transportation can become cramped with the extra users that the holidays bring. Instead of braving the elements or the crowds, consider using mobile ride apps, like Lyft and Uber, to reach your destination.

Over-the-shoulder shot of a mobile ride app driver

Using Uber

Not sure how to use the Uber app? Don’t worry – it’s available on the App Store and Google Play, and it’s easy enough for even the newest smartphone users to master. Just remember that you need Wi-Fi or mobile data to access the app.

  1. Download* the free Uber app from your app marketplace, and set up your account and payment information. Payment options include credit card, PayPal, and more.
  2. Open the app and input your destination – the app accesses your phone’s location settings, which means your driver will already know where to pick you up.
  3. Pick from the list of ride options and view your estimated price. UberPOOL, for example, lets you carpool with other riders for a lower price, while UberBLACK lets you treat yourself with a high-end vehicle.
  4. Track your driver as they approach using the app. You’ll see their picture and vehicle details right in the app, so you know who to look for.
  5. Rate your driver and provide feedback.

Using Lyft

Much like Uber, Lyft can be used in most major cities throughout the nation, as long as you have Wi-Fi or data access. Learn how to use the Lyft app here.

  1. Download* Lyft on Google Play or the App Store, open the app, and sign up. You’ll also have to input your payment card information.
  2. Set your pickup location, and you’ll see how far you are from the nearest Lyft car, as well as an estimated price.
  3. Keep an eye on your driver’s estimated time of arrival and track them as they drive through the app.
  4. Enjoy the ride, and don’t forget to rate your driver.

Tips for beginners

Uber and Lyft are designed with safety and simplicity in mind.

Mobile ride apps are a great way to get around during the bustling holiday season. After all, both Uber and Lyft are designed with safety and simplicity in mind. Still, it’s important to remember a few basic tips to make the experience as easy as possible. These include:

  • Always let a friend or loved one know when and where you’re riding
  • Ride in the backseat when you’re alone
  • Ensure you’re getting in the right car when your driver arrives
  • Don’t share any personal information with your driver
  • If possible, request your ride and wait for your driver inside

Enjoy the holidays

With a smartphone and your preferred mobile ride app, you can make sure you’re able to join in on all the moments that matter. Haven’t made the move into the world of smartphones? Turn to Tracfone for budget-conscious devices and reasonably priced, flexible, contract-free service plans with Unbeatable Nationwide Coverage™. Choose between a variety of plans to find one that suits your needs, and rest assured that you’ll only pay for what you need – nothing more, nothing less.

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